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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 August 4th 2018

Saigon is massive and in desperate need of a metro system, or something else to alleviate the traffic. That being said, most things to see are walkable from the main tourist area, and it's quite a spectacle to walk down Bui Vien at night. It's comfortable enough for a night or two, especially as a bookend for a longer trip. The thing to do is a day trip to the Cu Chi Tunnel complex, about 2-2.5 hours. It's dirt cheap to arrange, but like most tourist destinations in Vietnam, has become super-crowded and like moving through an assembly line. I'd skip it.... read more
Ant Hill / Ventilation for Tunnels
Tunnel Entrance
@WarRemnants Museum

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 March 21st 2018

My last post just to fill in some detail around leaving Vinh Long and a final hiccup in Singapore. I was travelling in Vietnam on a tourist visa and was living in the language school, actually a 5 storey house but empty apart from the school on the first two floors and a couple of staff sleeping in two bedrooms. That was me too. When you stay at a hotel in Vietnam your passport is recorded and you are then registered at that address for the benefit of the immigration authorities. The language school shoiuld have registered me when I arrived but didn't and it didn't occur to me I had to do anything. The night the Immigration Officers arrived en masse they were agitated because I hadn't registered and then became more agitated because they ... read more
Road crossing
Singapore Airport
Singapore Prop

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 March 19th 2018

I'm leaving this afternoon. Saigon is a bustling, noisy, smelly, sometimes dirty, jigsaw of a city with all the pieces piled on top of one another yet all seeming to have a place in the overall picture. And then there's the traffic. The bikes buzz from dawn to dusk and the horns play the accompaniment. The fabled crossing of streets works well enough - I haven't seen anyone hit yet - it's a matter of choosing one's moment and not changing one's line when the crossing begins. Unlike the locals I still tend to keep an eye on the traffic as I "stroll" across. It's an intriguing mix of areas. This morning I walked to the Post Office about 20 minutes away, which is a work of art designed and built by the French - Eiffel ... read more
The Crib 4
War Museum 4
War Museum 5

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 February 28th 2018

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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 February 28th 2018

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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 January 17th 2018

Worst night’s sleep EVER! For me, at least, Sam was oblivious and passed out unconscious. Maybe I should have had more cocktails. The cute restaurant opposite the hotel is now another trashy bar, in fact there are a whole line of them, catering to a specific type of clientele. Even the side rooms at the hotel are not exempt from the noise now. Earplugs didn’t even take the edge off it. At 4am it stopped but then the vendors on their bikes, some with loudspeakers, were up and down the alley selling thugs we didn’t want. If we come here again we won’t stay on this street, it has changed such a lot. Sad face! Awake at 6.30,at breakfast at 7.30 feeling non too special. The breakfast was very good, large array of cooked items and ... read more
 View from window
Free stuff.

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 January 16th 2018

So our bargain BA direct flight to Singapore, which we were quite excited about, despite it costing £100 more than our last year’s long haul, turned out to be a bit of a trial. Sam and I were on different bookings as a our return day dates are different, so we were on the phone to each other as soon as check in opened. The plane was a huge one with a big upstairs which also had economy seating, so we were hopeful of getting a row of 2 seats at the side without having to pay £60 extra for them. To our disappointment there were only about 5 seats free to change to on the entire plane, up and down, and as Sam was entering her API they were popping off the screen like balloons ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 May 31st 2017

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Friday, April 21, 2017 It was with a mixture of curiosity and foreboding that I began to reread ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’ last week. Would it have the same impact on me as it had had 40 years ago? I first read this novel in my early 20’s and loved it. I had also loved ‘Jude the Obscure’ and ‘The Return of the Native’ but, rereading them four decades later, I was underwhelmed; they were flawed – not at all in the same league as ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’ and ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’. Surely ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’ – published four years before ‘The Return of the Native’ – would be disappointing too. Not so! To my mind, it ranks third in the Hardy canon – after ‘Tess’ ... read more
Alan Bates and Julie Christie
1970s Paperback Edition

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 May 31st 2017

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Tuesday, May 2, 2017 I’ve just finished reading ‘The Woodlanders’. I read it in my twenties but, apart from the man-trap, I remembered nothing about it. Therefore reading it again was much the same as reading it for the first time. This was the sixth and final leg of my Hardy project: to reread all his major fiction, namely (in chronological order) Far From the Madding Crowd, The Return of the Native, The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Woodlanders, Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure. ‘The Woodlanders’ was published in 1887, a year after The Mayor of Casterbridge. Out of the fourteen novels he wrote, it was Hardy’s own personal favourite. However, I rate it as inferior to Tess, The Mayor and Far From the Madding Crowd. For the first ... read more
A Great Read!
Hardy's Favourite Novel

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 May 30th 2017

Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Saturday, March 25, 2017 I've just finished Hardy's 'Tess' for the third or fourth time. When I last read it, I was probably in my thirties; now I am sixty-five. Recently I’ve reread several of Hardy’s major novels – 'The Mayor of Casterbridge’, 'The Return of the Native’ and 'Jude the Obscure’. All of them, with the exception of ‘The Mayor’ (one of my sacred texts, which I must have read five times now), were disappointing – no longer the books that had thrilled me in my youth. This is what happens, I suppose, when you get older – your greater experience of life and of literature leads you to become more critical. Not so with ‘Tess’. It was better than I remembered it, and in places it ... read more
Nastassja Kinski About to Eat a Phallic Strawberry
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Tess The Milkmaid

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